Author posts

How Black Reality and White Reality Differ, from Growing up to Parenting Kids

Writer and Poet Clint Smith on the moment black lives began to officially matter, and the long history of pre-smartphone police brutality and state-sanctioned racism that preceded it.

America Isn’t a Colorblind Meritocracy. Why Are So Many of Us Still Pretending it Is?

What will it take for the United States to overcome entrenched issues pertaining to race and socioeconomic status? According to poet and educator Clint Smith, the U.S. needs to be honest with itself about cultural myths (meritocracy, equal treatment by authorities, etc.) that don't actually exist.